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Restating the Importance of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 266

Ron Lanton with True North Political Solutions interviews Kurt Proctor, Ph.D., RPh Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives with the National Community Pharmacist Association while at the NCPA 2015 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. 

The introductory excerpt message was from David D. Pope, PharmD, CDE, Chief of Innovation and Co-Founder, Creative Pharmacist, who kicks off the Clinical Community Pharmacist Continuing Education Video Series 

Check it out here: 

True North Political Solutions

Ron Lanton

Phone: 240-482-6120


1629 K Street NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006

Direct download: 01_Restating_the_Importance_of_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

The Relaunch of Medication Therapy Management Pharmacy Podcast Episode 265
We welcome Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD an independent clinical pharmacist living in Northeast Arkansas with her husband and young daughter.  Blair specializes in marketing and implementing new clinical services, such as Medication Therapy Management, in community retail pharmacies.  Blair helps to identify opportunities for clinical services, increase workflow efficiency and train pharmacy staff members to offer these services in a sustainable, systematized way.
The Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management model will test methods of optimizing medication use and improving care coordination among Medicare Part D beneficiaries in hopes of finding the most effective ways to attain the objectives of MTM programs.  CMS is granting basic, stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) the flexibility to design enhanced MTM programs that include interventions beyond the traditional approach.
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Published on Oct 21, 2015

Rep. McMorris Rodgers questions a witness from Rite Aid about Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management Program at a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing.


Direct download: Medication_Therapy_Management_2.0.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

NCPA Annual Conference with Ron Lanton & Jennifer Mallon Pharmacy Podcast Episode 264

NCPA Annual Conference with Ron Lanton & Jennifer Mallon

Ron Lanton with True North Political Solutions interviews Jennifer Mallon, VP & General Counsel of NCPA on the Health Policy Check-up segment. Ms. Mallon gives great insight on the status of PBM litigation in IA and AR that affects pharmacy. 

Jennifer Mallon - NCPA 



True North Political Solutions

Ron Lanton

Phone: 240-482-6120  


1629 K Street NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006

Direct download: 2015_NCPA_Annual_Convention.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

Transformation of Community to Specialty Pharmacy - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 263

Ron Lanton - Government Affairs Strategist for the Pharmacy Podcast Show interviews Phil LaFoy with Blount Specialty Pharmacy. 

Blount Specialty Pharmacy began as Greenbelt Village Discount Pharmacy in July of 1982. Roger Givens opened the pharmacy with two employees. Jim Pershing joined the practice on January 1, 1984 as co-owner, and Terry Webb became associated with the practice in January of 1987 as a partner. Aaron Clark joined us in May of 1996 and Phil LaFoy in November of 1996.  Aaron and Phil are now co-owners of the pharmacies.  

Blount moved into their Gill Street location at the Armory Place Medical Building January 1, 1989 and changed their name to Blount Discount Pharmacy. Blount Memorial Hospital was the second location which opened in 1994, and in 1996 Blount Discount West on Montgomery Lane opened.  Since that time Blount Discount Pharmacy has introduced several pharmacy practice innovations in Blount County including our convenient Drive-Thru windows, free delivery service, Medicine-On-Time, and “The Sweet Spot” diabetes management program.  

As time has passed, and the company has grown, has added other pharmacist to their staff, now totaling 16 pharmacists.  All of their pharmacists have been trained in patient counseling and continue to stay abreast of the latest developments in pharmaceutical care through continuing education.  

Most of Blount's technicians have successfully passed the National Certification Examination and are Certified Pharmacy Technicians. 

Blount Specialty Pharmacy Phone: 855-898-2377  


Ron Lanton III, Esq.

True North Political Solutions 
New England l Washington DC 
Direct download: Blount_Specialty_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

Pharmacy School HQ by Alex Barker, PharmD Pharmacy Podcast Episode 262

Dynamic podcast interview with Alex Barker PharmD,  founder of Pharmacy School HQ Alex is 'neopharmaphobic' clinical pharmacist in Michigan.

Alex completed his PharmD in 2012, Post-Graduate Training Year 1 (PGY1) in 2013, published author (Amazon + online medication journals), podcast junkie, and loves honey-crisp apples.  

Pharmacy School HQ is his dream made into reality   When he was in undergrad and in pharmacy school, there was a SIGNIFICANT LACK OF INFORMATION available. Alex created the website to provide great info to Pharmacy Future Leaders


Direct download: Pharmacy_School_HQ.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

Mobile Health Innovation by UnitedHealth Group Pharmacy Podcast Episode 261

UnitedHealth Baby Blocks

Building a Healthy Future for Moms and Babies

We interview Dr. Vidya Tangella - Head of Innovation Center of Excellence at UnitedHealth Group about the digital health application Baby Blocks.

There are approximately 1.6 million babies born each year in the United States who are dependent upon Medicaid, and UnitedHealth Group is committed to doing everything possible to ensure newborns receive access to the best care possible. As a result, the company created UnitedHealthcare Baby Blocks, a free, online, interactive incentive program designed to help pregnant women and new mothers with prenatal and well-baby care. UnitedHealthcare Baby Blocks rewards women for visiting the doctor and reporting the information online during their pregnancy and their baby's first 15 months of life.

Once women sign up for Baby Blocks, they can access an interactive board that shows their prenatal visits, along with opportunities to earn rewards for following a prenatal visit schedule. Using a game-like interface, moms can track appointments and receive email appointment reminders, as well as rewards for keeping the appointments. Rewards include gift cards for prenatal items and baby clothing, diaper bags and more.

Through its Medicaid business, UnitedHealthcare offers health care coverage to more than 2 million children. Coverage, which varies by state, typically includes doctor visits, hospital care, immunizations, routine physical exams and prescription drug coverage.

Direct download: UnitedHealth_Baby_Block_Digital_Health.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Live Oak Bank: Empowering the Business of Pharmacy Pharmacy Podcast Episode 260

We interview pharmacy owner and operator Leonard Lynskey Chief Executive Officer of Complete Pharmacy Care. 


Since 2008, Live Oak Bank has been achieving its primary goal: financing pharmacy growth nationwide. Today, Live Oak Bank is one of the top originators of small business loans, with one of the strongest loan portfolios in the country.

Since we lend exclusively to small businesses, our focused lending experience is second to none.  Live Oak Bank executives are industry leaders in finance and technology, bringing innovation and efficiency to the lending process.  The team brings decades of experience in the financial services industry, setting a standard of excellence and service embraced by all Live Oak employees.  

Chief Executive Officer Chip Mahan, the key founder of Live Oak, was noted as one of the 10 Most Influential People in Financial Services by FutureBanker magazine, and was recently featured in American Banker as an industry innovator.

Together, Live Oak leadership continues to drive a company and brand that is associated with trust, expertise across our industries, and the highest level of customer service.  Feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have.  Take a look inside Live Oak Bank Headquarters.

About Jimmy Neil 

Jimmy Neil is the general manager for Live Oak’s Pharmacy Division. He is the former vice president of Pharmacy Transition and Investment Strategy for the Retail Independent segment of a Fortune 20 drug distributor. Jimmy earned his MBA from Louisiana State University in 1994, after which he managed a team of commercial lenders for the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

He spent 4 years with the SBA, participating in lending to more than 1500 small businesses, before joining a major drug wholesaler in 1998 as a Regional Credit Manager. Jimmy has worked with more than 1000 pharmacies in various stages of ownership transition: operation assessments, sales, mergers, acquisitions, financings, partnership buyouts, valuations, and tax mitigation strategies.

He is also a principal in 2 community pharmacies in Louisiana.

See more at:

Jimmy Neil
General Manager
910.212.4951  Email Jimmy

Direct download: Live_Oak_Bank_Empowering_the_Business_of_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Donna Hazel - President of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Podcast Episode 259


In celebration of our Pharmacists - we interview Donna Hazel - President of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.  

Donna Hazel, PPA President - Donna J. Hazel completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University in 1979. Donna has held many positions with Rite Aid Corporation and currently is a Regional Recruiter. She has been a member of PPA since 2005 when she moved back to Pittsburgh. She is a previous President and Chair of the Allegheny County Association. Previously she served as Southwest Director of PPA.

Donna is currently the President of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Alumni and member of Lambda Kappa Sigma Pharmacy fraternity’s Tau Alumni Chapter.  Donna has enjoyed serving as Southwest Director of PPA, and is most proud of the affiliation agreement between ACPA and PPA.

3rd Annual #Pharmacist Tweet-a-thon October 1st 2015 

Direct download: Donna_Hazel_Pennsylvania_Pharmacist.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:59am EDT